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Exclusive Track Premiere: Y La Bamba “Viuda Encabronada”

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Sometimes you just know that a band is destined for big things. Such is the case with Y La Bamba, a Portland, Or.,-based group that is poised for a break-out year with a heavy tour schedule and a new album, “Court the Storm,” about to hit the shelves and flood the airways. The band, led by the dreamily powerful voice of Luz Elena Mendoza, combines indie rock and alt-folk with traditional Mexican music to create a sound that is uniquely their own, yet evocative of a complex musical history that reaches back centuries.

The songs layers cumbia beats over a quiet indie roar and soaring vocals, to create a depth of sound that other bands would trade their skinny jeans for. The combination of muted accordion, steady drum beats, and earthy harmonizing feels like you’ve stumbled on the love child of The Decemberists, Stevie Nicks, Molotov and Cafe Tacuba. One listen and you’ll realize the buzz around this band is well deserved.

Their new album “Court the Storm” was produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and features Neko Case on the title track and is in stores now, but if you want the album for free hop on Twitter before 11:59 a.m. PST. Here are the instructions: Follow @YLaBamba and use the hashtag #courtthestorm to get their new album featuring @NekoCase for free. That’s right, full album for free. The offer expires at 11:59pm PST

We are thrilled to premiere their track “Viuda Encabronada”. LISTEN:



Plus, watch the video for their previously unreleased track “My Love Is A Forest Fire,” directed and edited by Dugan O’Neal:

Y LA BAMBA “MY LOVE IS A FOREST FIRE” from Dugan O'Neal on Vimeo.

Band photo: (Credit to Ingrid Renan)

Catch Y La Bamba on tour so you can say you saw them before they were huge:

03/04 PORTLAND, OR @ Music Millenium
03/09 ASHLAND, OR @ Alex’s
03/10 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Brick and Morter
03/11 SANTA BARBARA @ Soho
03/14 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Red Eyed Fly (IODA Party)
03/14 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / The Grackle (PDX Party)
03/15 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Guero’s (Mike Galaxy Presents 13th Annual Day Party)
03/16 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Soular Food Garden (Fiesta Red Indie Fiesta)
03/17 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Maison d’Etoile (Kevchino.com Showcase)
03/17 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Maggie Mae’s (TLE/Antenna Farm/Self Group Official Showcase)
03/20 PHOENIX, TX @ Crescent Ballroom
03/21 SAN DIEGO, CA @ The Casbah*
03/22 LOS ANGELES, CA @ Hotel Cafe*
03/24 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Cafe du Nord*
03/25 SANTA CRUZ, CA @ The Crepe Place*
03/26 MONTEREY BAY, CA @ Alternative Cafe
03/29 EUGENE, OR @ Axe & Fiddle*
03/31 SEATTLE, WA @ Neumos*
04/01 VANCOUVER, BC @ Media Club*
04/21 PORTLAND, OR @ Doug Fir (Album Release Show)
05/12 PORTLAND, OR @ Left Bank Annex (P:EAR Benefit)
05/20-05/26 PORTLAND, OR @ Al’s Den (Luzelena Mendoza Solo Residency)
*w/The Lumineers

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.